Re: The Official Speculation Thread about John Hurt's "Secret" Doctor.
The Wormhole wrote:
Given that The Beast Below was his second episode after taking over from RTD, does this also imply that Moffat had been planning and laying the groundwork for this 50th anniversary story since 2010?
I wouldn't go that far. More likely, Moffat had an idea of a dark Doctor who gave up the name for a while and the 50th ended up being the best opportunity to tell that story.
Too true. This particular season has been building up on the Doctor's darkness, too, especially in early episodes like Asylum of the Daleks and A Town Called Mercy.
"Spock...?" Kirk said, whispering.
"I am... most pleased to see again, Captain" Spock formally replied.
McCoy shook his head in disgust. "Oh, for crying out loud, Spock. Its been eighty years!"
"Seventy eight point four years, Doctor."
The Holy Three meet again, in The Return